Kane chairman, coroner relationship may be improving

The first tangible sign of a cordial relationship between Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen and Coroner Rob Russell may come etched in the cornerstone of a new facility that seemed to be a political impossibility just last year. The first terms in office for Lauzen…

Images: Monday scenes of flooding along Fox and Des Plaines Rivers

See cleanup and images of flooding Monday from the suburbs. As flooding from the Des Plaines River continued its slow retreat, the focus shifted west to the Chain O’ Lakes and Fox River, where crests had threatened to overwhelm water-weary residents.   A truck at Ben…

Elgin moves forward on diversity with new consultant

Elgin’s new diversity consultant plans to administer an anonymous survey, followed by small group meetings, to help her understand how city staff members perceive their workplace. The survey will solicit staff members’ feedback on topics such as leadership attitudes, recruitment process and talent development, said Denise…

Lake County urges residents to report flood damage online

Lake County authorities are urging home and business owners affected by flooding to fill out an online report to document their damages. The reports will help the county compile an initial damage assessment, which officials will use to make their case for federal disaster relief. The…

What really is the crest? Flooding terminology made easy

Flooding can be confusing. With terms like “river crest,” “datum points,” and “CFS” being thrown around, figuring out how high the water will rise in your crawl space and when can be difficult. Thankfully, Rita Lee, the engineering studies section chief from the Illinois Department of…

DuPage forest preserve looking to buy land

A homeowner who has lived for decades next to Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve has agreed to sell his land to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Forest preserve commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday to pay Joseph Cejka $360,000 to acquire his property along Main…

Survey says Naperville parks ‘in tune’ with community needs

Naperville Park District officials weren’t surprised by the results of their most recent community interest and opinion survey, a scientific poll that effectively told leaders they’re doing a lot of things right. The survey found 95 percent of respondents had used a park within the past…

Fundraiser in Algonquin will help Children’s Advocacy Center

Teen artists from throughout the Northwest suburbs and Fox Valley will converge on Daily Projects coffee shop along the Randall Road corridor this month to showcase their talents and to help fundraise for a good cause. The fundraiser for the Children’s Advocacy Center based in Hoffman…

Some Fox River Valley towns anticipating less flood damage than 2013

Towns along the Fox River in Kane County breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday afternoon as the river inched closer to cresting at 12.4 feet — 2.9 feet above flood stage but lower than earlier estimates, raising hopes that damage from floodwaters in the coming…

Ferguson releases email scandal details: gun sales, racist messages

The son of a former Chicago alderman used his city email account to buy or sell firearms and cars and send hate-filled emails describing African-Americans as “wild animals.” Inspector General Joe Ferguson uncovered the racist, sexist and homophobic emails circulating in the Department of Water Management…

For Blackhawks’ Campbell, decision to retire wasn’t easy

Deciding when to hang up the skates or cleats is one of the most difficult decisions an athlete can make, and it was no different for Brian Campbell, who officially ended a 17-year NHL career Monday. Campbell went back and forth wrestling with the decision. His…

Suburbs left scrambling as McDonald’s, other firms relocate to big cities

Visitors to the McDonald’s wooded corporate campus enter on a driveway named for the late chief executive Ray Kroc, then turn onto Ronald Lane before reaching Hamburger University, where more than 80,000 people have been trained as fast-food managers. Surrounded by quiet neighborhoods and easy highway…

Don’t underestimate the bee

“How do bees make their hives?” asked a curious student at the Libertyville Recreation Department Kinder Korner Pre-School program. Don’t underestimate the tiny flying insect, the bee. related advertisement Check it out The Fremont Library in Mundelein suggests these titles on bees: • “The Bee Book,”…

Finley Road getting left turn lanes at Roosevelt in Lombard

A series of improvements scheduled for Roosevelt and Finley roads in Lombard will cause some added congestion in the area until November, officials said. Work began on the $1.4 million project Monday morning to add dual left-turn lanes for both northbound and southbound Finley Road at…

Gire: Visionary George Romero leaves rich legacy of politically charged zombie films

Daily Herald Film Critic dgire@dailyherald.com Horror pioneer George Romero created the modern zombie movie with his 1968 renegade black-and-white classic “Night of the Living Dead,” a visionary, seminal work that established the set of “undead” ground rules universally adopted by filmmakers around the globe. Romero, 77,…

Antioch Taste to celebrate the village’s 125th birthday

In honor of the village of Antioch’s 125th birthday celebration, Antioch Taste of Summer is being “supersized” this year. Hosted by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, the festival will take place over four days, from Thursday through Sunday, July 20-23. Most events will ake place on…

New leader for Barrington-area government group

Barrington Area Council of Governments has a new leader for 2017-18. Tower Lakes Village President David R. Parro recently was selected as chairman of the executive board. Lake Barrington Village President Kevin Richardson was re-elected as vice chairman. In addition, retired Cuba Township Supervisor David Nelson…